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Justin Jefferson Has Isaac Bruce Qualities

The 33rd Team’s Samari Rolle breaks down two of the league’s best receivers: Justin Jefferson and A.J. Brown. The former All-Pro defensive back shares why he thinks Jefferson is the tougher matchup and one of the best playmakers in the NFL.

“What you see with Justin Jefferson is the ability to be able to line up all over the field… and be in ANY spot,” Rolle said.

A Change of Scenery: What to Expect from Star Fantasy Players on New Teams

A Change of Scenery: What to Expect from Star Fantasy Players on New Teams
This NFL offseason was very chaotic. Tom Brady pretended to retire, and Christian Kirk’s bloated contract caused inflation throughout the entire wide receiver market. Perhaps most importantly, many star fantasy players signed with or got traded to a new team. This year has seen the most significant movement among top-tier players, making me think the […]

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The Eagles Are in a Much Different Place This Year

One of the coolest things for me to see heading into the 2022 NFL Season has been the growth of Nick Sirianni and the Philadelphia Eagles. His ease, his confidence, the belief the team has in him. You can see how he’s grown, and it’s really cool to see.  

QB-WR Dynamic

Jalen Hurts and AJ Brown have been friends for a LONG time. These two even dreamed of playing together. And now, they have that opportunity. 

Seeing them start to forge this relationship, with all the extra time they’ve spent together, will help them get things off the ground and moving. That’s going to be fun to see. 

The Head Coach

As many will remember, when Nick Sirianni got this job and had that first press conference, most people said he bombed the press conference. People were skeptical. 

Then, after they got off to a 2-5 start, he gave his team a big speech about plants and how they grow and how they are nurtured and watered and eventually they grow. This got him ridiculed by the Philadelphia media, but the team took off and earned themselves a playoff spot. 

Over all that time, you can really see how Nick Sirianni has grown, and that’s been really cool to watch. 

Helping the Young QB

When the Eagles drafted Hurts, they drafted him to be Carson Wentz’s backup. As it turned out, he was a real challenger, and now? Carson Wentz is no longer there, and Hurts is QB1.

The Eagles, not just this offseason but the last few offseasons, have undergone the process of really trying to help Hurts. One way they did that was by restructuring the offensive line, trying to get stronger up front. They’ve done an incredible job with Jordan Mailata, a young man from Australia, who was a rugby player. He’s become a stalwart left tackle in the NFL. Jeff Stoutland, the offensive line coach, has done a phenomenal job. 

They drafted Landon Dickerson, who moved over to guard opposite Isaac Seumalo, and they still have Lane Johnson and Jason Kelce on the roster. Plus, they drafted Cam Jurgens out of Nebraska, who will be the heir apparent to Kelce but gives them a little more rotation on the inside. 

Then on the outside, the last two offseasons they have drafted Devonta Smith, the Heisman Trophy winner from Alabama, and of course, they made the trade for Brown. They’re still hoping Jalen Reagor, their first-round pick from a couple of years ago, will rise up. They have a tight end they really like in Dallas Goedert, and they’re bringing back Miles Sanders as the lead runner. 

They ran the ball more last season, which helps Hurts because heavy play action and throwing off the run creates better downs and distances. That creates more open windows for him to throw the ball downfield. When Hurts— a small part of the running game himself— does take off, Smith knows how to get open down the field. 

The Eagles are giving Jalen Hurts every opportunity to be their QB1.

The Defense

Don’t forget, on the defense side of the ball, they’ve brought in guys like Jordan Davis through the draft, Kyzir White and Haason Reddick in free agency. all guys that will continue to help make improvements on that side of the ball.  

They really wanna get good in that area, and they have Darius Slay or SLAY as he wants to be called. He’s their lockdown cornerback. And opposite him is James Bradberry, who they got so teams can’t just throw away from Slay.

All of that to try and help the young quarterback improve. 

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NFL Receivers Ready to Shine on New Teams in 2022

I’m breaking down which NFL receivers— not named Davante Adams that is— are prepped and primed to have the most success this season with their new teams in 2022. 

Marquise “Hollywood” Brown (Arizona Cardinals)

Hollywood has a great chance to have success this season because he is back with someone he is comfortable with. He had a great relationship with Lamar Jackson, but there’s nothing like playing with someone who knows you, who knows you, who you played with in college, and who you’ve had success with. You’ve done this before. It’s going to be like playing back in college for them. 

We already see how Kyler Murray plays. He’s an outside-the-pocket kind of guy. He can throw the ball way downfield if need be—fifty or sixty yards in the air, and Hollywood Brown is more of a deep threat. You have a guy like DeAndre Hopkins alongside him, who is going to take the pressure of being the No. 1 guy off. 

So that leaves you with Hollywood Brown on your N0. 2—a No.2 corner without help. That is going to be problematic for any defense in the National Football League. That is going to be something to see. 

AJ Brown (Philadelphia Eagles)

I don’t get stumped for words too often. Just thinking about the relationship between AJ Brown and Jalen Hurts, though, does it. Relationships are everything…especially for the quarterback and wide receiver. That success starts off the field. There is trust, a rapport, a real camaraderie.

You see that with Hurts and Brown.

Both feel they have something to prove. One, Hurts feels like no one believes in me as a No.1 guy. Now, you’re giving me talent. Now, I got Devonta Smith, and you give me Brown. You’re actually giving me pieces. You want me to succeed. So you have that at quarterback. 

Then you have a guy in Brown who was an all-world everything for the Titans, and now he has a chip on his shoulder! He never wanted to leave, but you shipped him out, and you sent him to a place with a friend who he has a great relationship with. A.J. Brown and Jalen Hurts are going to light the NFL up. 

Slow Down on the Philadelphia Eagles

Slow Down on the Philadelphia Eagles
The City of Brotherly Love is full of excitement. After a season that saw rookie Head Coach Nick Sirianni and first-year starter Jalen Hurts lead the Philadelphia Eagles to the playoffs, Howie Roseman spent the offseason adding talented players to the roster. The Eagles acquired receiver A.J. Brown from the Tennessee Titans on night one […]

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Why Shorter Wide Receiver Extensions Are a Win-Win

Why Shorter Wide Receiver Extensions Are a Win-Win
Deebo Samuel was the last domino to fall in the offseason of the wide receiver. The San Francisco 49ers star’s contract extension continues an apparent trend for new deals at wide receiver. Samuel signed a three-year, $71.5 million extension with the 49ers, the value of which could rise to $73.5 million, including $58.1 million guaranteed. […]

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Diontae Johnson Earns Contract Extension

Diontae Johnson Earns Contract Extension
After seeing five fellow wide receivers drafted after the first round of the 2019 NFL draft get contract extensions, Diontae Johnson finally has his own, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported. Steelers and Diontae Johnson reached agreement on a two-year deal that averages $18.355 million per year, per @ByKimberleyA and me. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 4, […]

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The Hidden Reality of Draft Value: Part 5 — The Best Value Picks

The Hidden Reality of Draft Value: Part 5 — The Best Value Picks
When teams develop their draft strategies, they combine a number of different variables into their decision making. A player’s talent and potential combined with his college production and a team’s needs are variables that are heavily important, but they are only a few of a multitude of different factors that should be considered.  The purpose […]

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